Panpsychism and Intellectual Vogue

There is often a temptation when studying philosophy, science, or politics to accept the dominant narrative as truth. Often, the first instinct (of laymen in particular) when confronted with disagreements in philosophy is to assess the “general consensus” by seeking out articles like Bourget and Chalmers’, or asking the opinion of philosophers on public forums. … More Panpsychism and Intellectual Vogue

On Being Wrong

“We all know you’re smart.” Those five words, spoken by a group therapist four years ago to a younger version of myself, cut more than any of the hundreds of times I’d been called stupid in my youth or called out on various social media platforms by people who disagreed with my ideas. It was … More On Being Wrong

On Homelessness

He lives behind the dumpster of a restaurant astride my apartment, next to a heap of wet blankets and a cane. The landscape betrays his alcoholism. Hundreds of aluminum cans lie strewn about the hill underneath his camp, a few haplessly drowning in the gutter. Usually he wakes before I do, except on the exceptionally … More On Homelessness

On Radical Freedom and Its Persistence in Gameplay Situations

This article is a response to a paper written by Marta Matylda Kania, a Polish philosopher and game designer, entitled Spirit of Seriousness and Bad Faith: On the Meaning of In-game Life. In the paper, Kania argues for an existential distinction between what she terms gameplay situations and a life situations. A gameplay situation is … More On Radical Freedom and Its Persistence in Gameplay Situations

Nihilism and Love

One of the most important and difficult questions for a human being to consider was posed by the great Trinidadian-German philosopher Haddaway in the year 1993 with a hit dance single that swept the nation: “What is Love?” The question was the third most searched query on Google in 2014, and it is a question … More Nihilism and Love

On Pokémon GO and the Social Implications of Alternate Reality

Try as I might to contain my excitement about the upcoming Alternate Reality (AR) game from Niantic and The Pokémon Company, I just can’t stop thinking about it. I already know the game itself will leave a lot up to the imagination – it’s most likely going to be similar to Ingress, and likely won’t … More On Pokémon GO and the Social Implications of Alternate Reality